Most reliable large SUVs

Large and luxury SUVs are bought by families, so reliability is a vital consideration. We reveal the most – and least – dependable models...

Audi Q5

5. Audi Q5 (2008-2017)

Score 96.3%

The previous Q5 is proving more bullet-proof than the latest model, with only 16% of cars suffering a fault. Issues were split evenly between the engine electrics, gearbox, interior trim and steering. 

Although half the cars we were told about couldn't be driven, all were put right in less than a week – and importantly, all work was carried out under warranty. 

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4. Mazda CX-5 (2017-present)

Mazda CX-5 2.2d SE-L Nav+

Score 97.1%

Only 7% of petrol-engined CX-5s, and 18% of diesels, went wrong. The problem areas on both types were the bodywork, gearbox and interior trim; there was also a small percentage of diesel engines that had problems.

All cars could still be driven and were fixed in less than a week, and all work was done for free. 

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3. Volvo XC60 (2017-present)

Volvo XC60 T8

Score 97.7%

Only 10% of XC60s went wrong, according to owners, and the faults were split evenly between engine and non-engine electrics and the exhaust system. 

All cars remained driveable and all repairs were carried out in less than a week. Even better, all work was done for free under warranty.  

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2. Honda CR-V (2012-2018)

Used test: Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5 vs Subaru Forester

Score 98.7%

Just 11% of petrol-engined CR-Vs had an issue, compared with 27% of diesels. The main problem areas on both petrol and diesel models were the brake system and gearbox/clutch; there were also some engine issues with diesel models. However, Honda dealers repaired all faults the same day and charged no fees. 

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1. Toyota RAV4 (2013-2019)

Toyota RAV4 2.5

Score 99.5%

The Toyota RAV4 proved virtually fault-free; only 3% of cars had any trouble and non-engine electrics was the sole area to show faults. All fixes were carried out under warranty and completed in less than a week. 

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